Applying for Aid | NTID-Supported Students

NTID-Supported students pay less than one-half of RIT’s tuition.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Apply for federal aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and using RIT’s school code 002806.

    How to file FAFSA.

  3. State Aid may be available from the state you reside in. Check with your state scholarship agency for application information and forms. If you are a NY state resident please visit the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation website.
  4. Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) by contacting the VR office nearest your home. Additional information about VR and a state-by-state directory can be found at
  5. Outside Aid Sources are available depending on your financial need. You may be eligible for additional scholarships or you may choose to take out private loans.

Contact us if you have questions or need help.

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RIT/NTID Application and FAFSA Preferred Filing Dates

Early Decision I

November 1

Financial aid award notification begins mid-December

Early Decision II

January 1

Financial aid award notification begins mid-January

Regular Decision

January 15 [Fall]
November 1 [Spring]

Fall financial aid award notification begins mid-March. Spring notification is rolling.

State Aid and Outside Aid Sources may have their own deadlines that vary.

What does it cost to attend RIT/NTID?

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in any undergraduate degree program pay less than one-half of RIT’s tuition. The reduced tuition rate also applies for students enrolled in the American Sign Language-English Interpretation program.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in graduate degree programs also pay a reduced tuition rate. This also applies to hearing students enrolled in the Master of Science program in Secondary Education of Students.

For additional information on tuition and fees visit the Tuition and Fees page.


All admitted freshman are reviewed by the scholarship selection committee to determine each students eligibility for merit based scholarships. Merit based scholarships are competitive and are awarded in recognition of exceptional or outstanding academic achievement.

RIT Scholarships that require additional applications are the RIT Performing Arts Scholarship and the RIT FIRST Robotics Scholarship.

More information about RIT/NTID Financial Aid and Scholarships

Need Based Financial Aid

Awarded to students who demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will determine your eligibility for RIT, federal, and other financial aid programs. This may include institutional grants, federal grants, federal loan programs, and federal student employment. For additional information on these programs, please view the Supporting Your Success document.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Assistance

VR is provided by state agencies to residents who meet specific requirements. If you appear to be a candidate for support we will estimate an amount of VR support in your award letter. There is no national standard for determining VR support. Each state agency has its own method for determining awards. If the actual amount of support you receive is different from the estimated amount on your financial aid award letter please provide us with confirmation from your VR counselor. You may provide the Confirmation of VR Support form to your VR counselor to return to us via our secure file uploader.

Other Options

Many students’ parents utilize other resources to meet the remaining cost after all financial aid has been considered.

Payment Option: Student Financial Services offers payment plan options. Visit

Federal Direct PLUS Loan: This is a federally guaranteed loan that helps parents of dependent, undergraduate students finance educational costs. For additional information visit

Alternative Educational Loans: Are private (non-federal) loans offered through banks or lending institutions. The student is the borrower with a credit worthy co-signer. Compare PLUS loans and Alternative loans

Outside Scholarships: Use free, reputable sources of information on private scholarship. See list of common Outside Aid sources to get started

Forms and Resources

We’ve collected the forms you may need to submit when applying for financial aid. All forms require at least one signature. Digital and electronic signatures are not acceptable.

To view forms, we recommend you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (you can download it for free).

The best way to submit forms is through our secure file upload, which protects your privacy and confidential information. We do not accept any forms or documentation via email.

Forms may also be mailed to our office. Find our address in the Contact section.

Additional resources are available if you need help determining your financial need, understanding financial aid terms, and more.

Financial Aid Forms Secure File Upload

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If you have questions at any point in the process, we’re here to help.

For general questions about the financial aid process, we recommend our live chat.

For general questions about your specific situation, we recommend that you email

For detailed questions about your specific situation, we recommend that you call 585-475-2186.

Contacting our office by phone or email allows us to answer specific questions related to a student as long as we are able to affirm the student and the individual requesting information to protect privacy and confidentiality. Live chat is reserved only for general non-student specific information.

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Bausch and Lomb Center
56 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Directions to Admissions and Aid

Financial Aid Counseling Team

Consumer Information

Office Hours

8:30am - 4:30pm
Monday through Friday
p. 585-475-2186

f. 585-475-7270